Monthly Film Festival

June 28, 2020

Join NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) and Outfest in celebrating LGBTQ+ filmmakers with InFocus: LGBTQ+ with a pair of shorts programs. Additionally, the day’s programming also includes an opening selection of local and International shorts. The day’s event is Powered by Seed&Spark on their virtual festival platform, and each screening will be followed by a live Q&A via Zoom.

The day kicks off with Shorts Program # 1: Belated Spring, a selection of highlights that NFMLA has been holding onto since the start of spring and is excited to finally share! This block offers a multi-note mix of thought-provoking drama, complex comedy, purposeful animation, uplifting music and vivid surrealism as it tells stories about friendship, survival, and the quest to find (and make) meaning.

The afternoon continues with Shorts Program #2: Gender Expression & Identity. In celebration of Pride month, this curated collection of narratives and documentaries was programmed in partnership with Outfest as part of InFocus: LGBTQ+ and brings together perspectives that explore gender expression and identity through art, politics and family, creating connections between individual experience and the culture at large.

The night’s final program, Shorts Program #3: Going For It celebrates the talent of LGBTQ+ creators behind the camera with this selection of short films, music videos and episodes featured as part of InFocus: LGBTQ+ Cinema. Capturing a wide range of storytelling on diverse topics, this program offers us characters going for the life and world they want, navigating everything from complex family dynamics to street harassment to loneliness, with a mixture of insight, humor, and extremely danceable music.

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Shorts Program #1: Belated Spring
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Work – Journey Christine

Dir. Ian M. Cawley
2 Mins | USA
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Being Here

Dir. Sydney O'Haire
20 Mins | USA
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Patricia

Dir. Cameron Fife
17 Mins | USA
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Shears n’ Gears

Dir. Nicholas Culleton
4 Mins | USA
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Connecting the Dots

Dir. Julie Pacino
17 Mins | USA
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Loving Byron

Dir. Deante' Gray
15 Mins | USA
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Princess Rita

Dir. Blair Waters
10 Mins | USA
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Catch of the Day

Dir. Winchey Zheng
12 Mins | China, New Zealand
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Shorts Program #2: InFocus: LGBTQ+ Cinema - Gender Expression & Identity (In Partnership with Outfest)
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Bind

Dir. Emory Chao Johnson
3 Mins | USA
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Coming Soon

Candis for President

Dir. Michelle Peerali
12 Mins |
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Elle Pérez Works Between the Frame

Dir. by Lorena Alvarado and Adam Golfer
6 Mins | USA
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The Pupal Stage

Dir. Tee Jaehyung Park
7 Mins | USA
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Jes Fan in Flux

Dir. Brian Redondo
7 Mins | USA
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Close to You

Dir. Kevin Yu
13 Mins | USA
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Translucent

Dir. Azzan Quick
17 Mins | USA
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Just Another Beautiful Family

Dir. Katherine North
19 Mins | Canada
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Shorts Program #3: InFocus: LGBTQ+ Cinema - Going For It

Take One Thing Off (Episode One: COUNTDOWN)

Dir. Scout Durwood
3 Mins | USA
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Take One Thing Off (Episode Four: All the Pretty Bottles)

Dir. Scout Durwood
5 Mins | USA
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Cool for Five Seconds

Dir. Dani Wieder
12 Mins | USA
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Bakla

Dir. Brandon English
5 Mins | USA
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The Safety Plan (Chapter 3)

Dir. Jesse Randall
10 Mins | USA
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Bystander

Dir. Dominic Guidry
11 Mins | USA
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Take One Thing Off (Episode Nine: The Hate Crime)

Dir. Scout Durwood
Mins | USA
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Monsieur

Dir. Thomas Ducastel
23 Mins | France